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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: May 19, 2018, 11:25:51 PM »
Iíd be surprised if colm doesnít start. I actually think the team named will line out. Though it depends how fit McCann is.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: May 18, 2018, 04:16:45 PM »
Eugene and art were the ones to spot seans talents and gave him his chance in 02. Sean Cavanagh made Harte!

2002... the year Sean scored the equalising last minute goal in Ulster Championship v Armagh for the Seniors but couldnt make Mickey's U21 squad. Also the year Mickey won the All-Ireland U21. Unwillingness to introduce Sean to the squad another sign of his stubbornness. Though the whole Glencull thing tops the lot. Principled man in his own words. Happy enough to set his principles aside to get McCarron back in the fold but gave scores of players the silent treatment during his tenure treating them like meat suits and training ground fodder.

Sean was still a minor in 2001 and turned down the chance to play u21 as far as Iím aware. But sure harte did a terrible job winning the all Ireland with the u21s in 2001.

Thereís a lot to be said for resolving things face to face instead of through the media. Shocking way things are becoming.

Any word on the Monaghan injuries for this game.  Should we have a full hand I would go with

R Beggan
C Walsh
C Boyle
R Wylie
F Kelly
D Wylie
K OíConnell
N Kierans
D Hughes
D Ward
K Hughes
R McAnsepie
C McCarthy
J McCarron
C McManus
That's as good a team as have ever represented Monaghan but is there no place in the starting line up for the invincible Vinny Corey?
Against the Tyrone horde, the artisan element would need to be beefed up a few notches.

However, I suppose it doesn't matters that much, as Tyrone are already destined to be doomed.

Tyrone very much up against it facing the golden generation of Monaghan footballers. The best ever Monaghan team v a Tyrone team trying to re-establish itself. It would be exceptionally embarrassing for Monaghan to lose this one. Huge pressure on them!!

Best team ever and that's before the invincible Vinny Corey gets added in. Hard not to be a little concerned from a Tyrone point of view.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: May 10, 2018, 09:47:20 PM »
If you were to play Brennan and Bradley in the forward line I think Bradley would have to go to centre half forward like he did in 2015. Iím not sure youíd get away with both in the full forward line.

Iíd love to see us play a higher press game and push up on kick outs this year. If we donít have the ball players should drop back but the objective should be to get the ball back as quick as possible, not to mark space.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: May 10, 2018, 01:58:14 PM »
I don't bother with this thread anymore but it looked a page or two ago that a bit of football talk was going to break out but the usual suspects aren't having that. Colm Cavanagh no good, garvaghy talk etc. There is no reason why ladies football hurling etc can't be talked about on here but the only time it's mentioned is something to do with training in garvaghy.

Getting back to football. The team I'd like to see out next week if everyone is fit is as follows:

HP McGeary

Hugh Pat has to prove he's up to the corner back position at championship pace but he deserves a go after decent showings in the league. McNamee seems to be going well in club football and none of the other midfield options have done enough to warrant a place. So I'd happily take a chance on him there. McAliskey would be lucky to start but if left close to goal can get scores. He can also be used for the right footed frees. McShane would come out around the middle to help out.

If Cavanagh ruled out then I'd bring Mattie into midfield and throw on Kieran McGeary to half forward. I'm happy enough with our first 15 but worry the panel isn't as strong as some years.

It would be great if the county page could be used to discuss football over the next few months. Mickey Harte is the manager for the rest of the year so there is no point discussing that until the championship is over. There is a separate page for Garvaghy etc where it can be discussed.

General discussion / Re: Irish News
« on: March 03, 2018, 08:39:03 PM »
Really, surprising then that the disciplinary committee rescinded the red crd after reviewing video evidence.

He got off on a technicality not because he was innocent. There was no evidence to suggest he didnít strike

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: February 05, 2018, 08:36:25 AM »
Well done to The Moy. Fitting end for Sean but Colm has turned into some operator.

Yeah always great to see Tyrone teams win All Ireland's. For a mid table intermediate team to go down to Thurles last week and beat a top Kerry team was up there with some of the best Tyrone club team wins ever.

GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« on: January 24, 2018, 11:13:10 PM »
Anyone wanna hazard a guess at the Tyrone team Mickey will name tomorrow night?
Will we see many young players like Mulgrew, Lee Brennan, Cassidy at CB?
Wonder when was the last time the team didn't have a Cavananagh in it?

Very difficult to pick the team. OíNeill did nets the last day so youíd think Morgan will start this one. Full back line is very hard to call. Mcrory mcnamee mccarron have been regulars there past few years but heís bound to try something knew. Mckernan could well be the one to come in. McCann and hampsey very likely to start at half back. Brennan or McLaughlin could get other place if he pushed harte up to forwards.

Based on the McKenna cup McShane and McNulty did much better together than the other pairing so they may get a go.

I think burns Donnelly Sludden harte and Bradley all likely to get a go in forwards if fit. Mcaliskey or OíNeill most likely to take the other spot. From the two games I saw him play in McKenna cup lee Brennan didnít offer enough to suggest he should be starting here.

General discussion / Re: James McClean
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:37:42 PM »
Can someone explain to me how McClean won that award last night instead of Katie Taylor?

Personally I think Taylor is overrated especially when you consider the limited number of female boxers. She fought  a part time American the other night who had very limited fights both as an ameteur and professional and struggled to get past her. If any boxer was to get it Burnett would have been much more deserving winner.

Struggled to get by her. She thumped her on points despite a ridiculous penalty point called by the referee.

She did win easy on points but it was a very tough fight for her. She seems to have very quick hands but not much power. But maybe knockouts (autocorrect tried to correct this to knickers which would have messed up the sentence!) are unusual in womenís boxing. I just feel given the numbers involved and havenít watched a lot of her fights that sheís over hyped.

General discussion / Re: James McClean
« on: December 17, 2017, 06:07:20 PM »
Can someone explain to me how McClean won that award last night instead of Katie Taylor?

Personally I think Taylor is overrated especially when you consider the limited number of female boxers. She fought  a part time American the other night who had very limited fights both as an ameteur and professional and struggled to get past her. If any boxer was to get it Burnett would have been much more deserving winner.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster JFC/IFC Club 2017
« on: November 30, 2017, 05:20:48 PM »
I don't think the Kerry system is set up to give more intermediate/junior winners but the way they do it definitely gives an unfair advantage over other counties.

Their intermediate winner is effectively a senior team and their junior winner an intermediate team.

The fairest way therefore to solve the issue would be for their senior champs to play in the senior championship, their premier junior champs to play in the intermediate and their junior champs to play in the junior. The only issue would be their intermediate winners then wouldn't get chance to play at provincial level. It could be argued that the 9th best senior team isn't in other counties don't either.

The split above would mean 24 teams effectively senior 16 intermediate and 18 junior. Seems a lot fairer than what they currently do.

GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 22, 2017, 08:19:41 AM »
If players can't use the ball within 4 steps they've no business being on a pitch. Being able to run away from/through people has meant lads with poor skill levels but strength and athleticism can survive. The abuse/misapplication of this rule is the single biggest factor in the complete change in the nature of the game of gaelic football.

I hadn't watched the international rules for many year but a few things struck me:

1) the speed with which the Aussies handpassed the ball. Not just the pace carrying the ball but their hand speed and quickness of transfer. Way ahead of anything I've ever seen in gaelic football. This really surprised me.

2) the accuracy of the Aussies kick passing in comparison to ours. Not as surprised by this - anecdotally this has been referred to and so when I saw the evidence wasn't hugely surprised.

3) the fitness levels of the Aussies are off the charts. To be expected but I had liked to think it wasn't as much of a gap.

I was pleasantly surprised that the game was beeter to watch than I'd remembered but frustrated at the naivetť and poor skill levels by some of our players.

Overall though I was just watching to see my clubmate Niall Murphy. Delighted he did reasonably well.....we're very proud of him.

Personally I think it's a complete and utter myth that the aussies kick the ball better than the irish. They hand pass the ball up the pitch and work a short kick pass for a mark or drive it in high where a big full forward catches it. Nearly all their scores were close to goal.

On the other hand McManus and Murphy gave an exhibition of long range shooting. The reason the Irish often kick pass the ball badly is because they are under pressure they aren't used to with the prospect of being thrown to the ground. When the Australians kick pass it they are under much less pressure. Another problem is the ball is lighter than the o'neills ball and on occasions the irish were kicking it too long.

The tackle has as big if not a bigger influence on the game than the round ball (which should be relatively easy to adopt to).

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster JFC/IFC Club 2017
« on: November 20, 2017, 08:19:36 AM »
According to ulster v Britain in Junior All Ireland QF.

However was this not the case last year too? Rock v Dundee.

Does it not alternate?

Did the rock not beat them in the semi final last year? I'm sure it was before the Pomeroy semi final. I think the British champions won their quarter final last year, not sure who against.

GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 18, 2017, 10:38:55 AM »
Great game but the critics probably wonít admit it. People have been crying out for long kickouts and high fielding and it was full of it. Better than the majority of championship games and more people at it. Was clear to see that both sets of players really cared.

GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:22:13 PM »
Begrudgers out in force today.
Is it the purpose of the GAA to encourage the playing of the national games or to try and introduce a bastardised version of football?
There's a lot of clubs in Roscommon who could do with a share of the money the junket costs

Cost is another reason quite often thrown out as a reason to stop the series. Are you sure it actually costs money? When you consider ticket sales, sponsorship, jersey sales, tv rights etc I'd say it more than covers itself.

Like someone said earlier I'm not sure what impact Marc O'Se thinks the series had on club football. I haven't heard of any stories were players missed important club games over it this year. And I'm pretty sure the game being on tv at 5 yesterday morning had no impact on attendances at club games yesterday.

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